Board of Directors

The HNA will, in perpetuity, remain a membership-based corporation for the intent and purposes of electing a board of directors. 

Members of HNA are those who:

  • Share a commitment to the values espoused in the organization’s mission statement
  • Live- , and/or own property- , and/or own businesses-, in-between the boundaries of Pulaski Rd., Belmont Ave., Cicero Ave., North Ave.
  • Volunteer or attend at least eight (8) HNA meetings per year 
  • Complied with all these criteria over the past 12 months 

Each Elected Director shall serve a two (2) year term. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Elected Director terms shall be staggered into Class A Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors) and Class B Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors). The board can appoint up to three (3) appointed board members who do not have to meet any of the above criteria of membership. 

The current average board member has lived in Hermosa for over 20 years. There's a mixture of old and new residents on today's HNA board. 

Officers

 
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Colin Bird – President

cbird@ourhermosa.org

Colin Bird is a community leader on the northwest side of Chicago. After being inspired by the new leaders emerging from the 2014-15 municipal elections, Mr. Bird decided that he could help his community by bringing together neighbors to form a community group that would bring forth positive changes for Hermosa, Chicago. Mr. Bird founded the nonprofit, Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA), among four other founders, in late 2014. As HNA’s President, Mr. Bird oversees its business strategy, marketing, outreach and grant writing, as well as legal issues. Mr. Bird has been President of HNA from 2014-2017.

 
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Alejandra Fleck – secretary

alejandra@ourhermosa.org

Alejandra "Alex" Fleck works part-time for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Mrs. Fleck has 4 children, two girls and two boys. Her oldest daughter works as a 3rd grade bilingual teacher. Her other three children currently attend Disney II. Mrs. Fleck has lived in Hermosa since 1981 with her family. Mrs. Fleck and four other community members founded the nonprofit Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) in November 2014 and it is her third year serving on the Board of Directors. Mrs. Fleck is the block captain on her block and works towards improving and making Hermosa - a clean, safe and unified community.

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KRISTEN PRATT – Vice PRESIDENT

Kristen@ourhermosa.org 

Kristen Pratt is the Sustainability Manager at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In this position, she educates Chicagoans about environmental issues that matter in their everyday lives, then supports them as they lead community-based sustainability service projects. Ms. Pratt applies her community engagement skills and sustainability knowledge through workshops and initiatives with the Hermosa Neighborhood Association, offering expertise in areas including: energy efficiency; water conservation; stormwater management; recycling and composting; and urban ecology. Ms. Pratt loves caring for her historic Chicago bungalow, walking her dog throughout the neighborhood, and baking delicious treats to share with friends and neighbors.

Board members

Leonardo Giron leogiron@ourhermosa.org Leonard Giron has been a resident of Hermosa for over five years. A lifelong Chicagoan, Mr. Giron grew up in Andersonville and graduated from Amundsen High School. Mr. Giron has been an active member of HNA for over a year and has assisted on a number of projects as well as initiatives throughout the Hermosa area. Most notably was his involvement in the construction of planter boxes for Nixon Elementary. Mr. Giron has also been an integral part of the organizing for HNA’s fundraisers, festivals, and brewery tours. Currently, Mr. Giron is the President of the newly formed Kelvyn Park Advisory Council and is actively working to help represent the northern area of the Hermosa community.

Leonardo Giron

leogiron@ourhermosa.org

Leonard Giron has been a resident of Hermosa for over five years. A lifelong Chicagoan, Mr. Giron grew up in Andersonville and graduated from Amundsen High School. Mr. Giron has been an active member of HNA for over a year and has assisted on a number of projects as well as initiatives throughout the Hermosa area. Most notably was his involvement in the construction of planter boxes for Nixon Elementary. Mr. Giron has also been an integral part of the organizing for HNA’s fundraisers, festivals, and brewery tours. Currently, Mr. Giron is the President of the newly formed Kelvyn Park Advisory Council and is actively working to help represent the northern area of the Hermosa community.

 

 

 

Ruperto Medina  rupert@ourhermosa.org Ruperto Medina Jr. is a retired telecommunication sales and service manager. Mr. Medina has lived in the Hermosa community for over 30 years and graduated from Kelvyn Park High School, where he was the student council Vice President for two years. Mr. Medina has also served in the United States Marine corps and is heavily involved in the community. Mr. Medina has been instrumental in the advocacy of infrastructure improvements in the 31st Ward through Participatory Budgeting. Mr. Medina has also been involved in Local School Councils, serving on two different councils and represented Hermosa’s school district as a School Board Nominating Commissioner.

Ruperto Medina 

rupert@ourhermosa.org

Ruperto Medina Jr. is a retired telecommunication sales and service manager. Mr. Medina has lived in the Hermosa community for over 30 years and graduated from Kelvyn Park High School, where he was the student council Vice President for two years. Mr. Medina has also served in the United States Marine corps and is heavily involved in the community. Mr. Medina has been instrumental in the advocacy of infrastructure improvements in the 31st Ward through Participatory Budgeting. Mr. Medina has also been involved in Local School Councils, serving on two different councils and represented Hermosa’s school district as a School Board Nominating Commissioner.

 

 

Matilda Montalvo-Lugo matilda@ourhermosa.org Matilda Montalvo-Lugo is a long time resident of the Hermosa community. Having resided in Hermosa for over 25 years, Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo joined HNA to be a part of her neighborhood and actively play a role in the change that she wanted to see. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo believes strongly in the mission of HNA and has been instrumental in the implementation of HNA’s clean and green initiative, where residents of the community come together to clean up parks, blocks, and schools throughout Hermosa. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo is also on the Local school council of Nixon Elementary and is hoping to utilize her connections to help make improvements to the schools’ relationship with the community.

Matilda Montalvo-Lugo

matilda@ourhermosa.org

Matilda Montalvo-Lugo is a long time resident of the Hermosa community. Having resided in Hermosa for over 25 years, Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo joined HNA to be a part of her neighborhood and actively play a role in the change that she wanted to see. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo believes strongly in the mission of HNA and has been instrumental in the implementation of HNA’s clean and green initiative, where residents of the community come together to clean up parks, blocks, and schools throughout Hermosa. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo is also on the Local school council of Nixon Elementary and is hoping to utilize her connections to help make improvements to the schools’ relationship with the community.

 
Joshua "Xeno" Martinez xeno@ourhermosa.org Joshua “Xeno” Martinez has been a resident of Hermosa since 2014. Originally from New York City, he moved to Chicago in the summer of 2013 and resided in Logan Square. For nearly a decade Mr. Martinez has worked as a social worker, assisting underrepresented communities of color with the acquisition of permanent housing, public assistance, and advocacy. Mr. Martinez is also an established digital artist and graphic designer. In 2008 – 2013 he functioned as the Creative Director for Being Latino, a communication platform designed to educate, entertain and connect all people across the global Latino spectrum. With over 4 million followers on Facebook, Mr. Martinez played an integral role in the branding of the company and several of their initiatives. As a board member for HNA, Mr. Martinez has utilized his marketing/branding expertise to create HNA’s logo and overall branding. Mr. Martinez is also a strong organizer and wishes to utilize his organizational skills to ensure that Hermosa is seen as a strong powerful and diverse community.

Joshua "Xeno" Martinez

xeno@ourhermosa.org

Joshua “Xeno” Martinez has been a resident of Hermosa since 2014. Originally from New York City, he moved to Chicago in the summer of 2013 and resided in Logan Square. For nearly a decade Mr. Martinez has worked as a social worker, assisting underrepresented communities of color with the acquisition of permanent housing, public assistance, and advocacy. Mr. Martinez is also an established digital artist and graphic designer. In 2008 – 2013 he functioned as the Creative Director for Being Latino, a communication platform designed to educate, entertain and connect all people across the global Latino spectrum. With over 4 million followers on Facebook, Mr. Martinez played an integral role in the branding of the company and several of their initiatives. As a board member for HNA, Mr. Martinez has utilized his marketing/branding expertise to create HNA’s logo and overall branding. Mr. Martinez is also a strong organizer and wishes to utilize his organizational skills to ensure that Hermosa is seen as a strong powerful and diverse community.

Angela Becker Serrano angela@ourhermosa.org Angela Becker Serrano has lived in Hermosa for 7 years and has lived in various parts of Chicago for 20 years after moving from Iowa. She currently is a business manager for a WBE certified company within the City of Chicago, Cook County, and State of Illinois. Angela has been on the Board of Directors since the origin of HNA, helping with community engagement for meetings, clean and greens, and events at The Disney Birthplace. She has served as the parent representative for the Head Start program at Nixon School, and assisted with the fundraising for the new playground at the school

Angela Becker Serrano

angela@ourhermosa.org

Angela Becker Serrano has lived in Hermosa for 7 years and has lived in various parts of Chicago for 20 years after moving from Iowa. She currently is a business manager for a WBE certified company within the City of Chicago, Cook County, and State of Illinois. Angela has been on the Board of Directors since the origin of HNA, helping with community engagement for meetings, clean and greens, and events at The Disney Birthplace. She has served as the parent representative for the Head Start program at Nixon School, and assisted with the fundraising for the new playground at the school

Alma Kreuser  almak@ourhermosa.org Alma Kreuser works as a Project Manager for a large advertising agency downtown and lived in Hermosa in the 80s and 90s with her family. She has since married and moved out of the neighborhood but her family is still in Hermosa. Mrs. Kreuser and four other community members founded the nonprofit Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) in November 2014. Mrs. Kreuser works closely with neighbors and her Wards' representatives to ensure we all work together to make the changes necessary for our main goal - a clean, safe and unified community.

Alma Kreuser 

almak@ourhermosa.org

Alma Kreuser works as a Project Manager for a large advertising agency downtown and lived in Hermosa in the 80s and 90s with her family. She has since married and moved out of the neighborhood but her family is still in Hermosa. Mrs. Kreuser and four other community members founded the nonprofit Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) in November 2014. Mrs. Kreuser works closely with neighbors and her Wards' representatives to ensure we all work together to make the changes necessary for our main goal - a clean, safe and unified community.

 
Erin Stiverson erin@ourhermosa.org Erin has lived in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago for seven years.  After seeing changes in the neighborhood such as school closures, rising rents, and removal of affordable housing units, she became passionate about fighting for economic and cultural diversity in Uptown and elsewhere.  Erin has a Master’s Degree in Technical writing from DePaul University, and has written grants and other fundraising materials for numerous organizations including Women for Economic Justice, Michael Barlow Center, and Stage 773.  She currently works for an affordable housing developer, where she helps build permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities.

Erin Stiverson

erin@ourhermosa.org

Erin has lived in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago for seven years.  After seeing changes in the neighborhood such as school closures, rising rents, and removal of affordable housing units, she became passionate about fighting for economic and cultural diversity in Uptown and elsewhere.  Erin has a Master’s Degree in Technical writing from DePaul University, and has written grants and other fundraising materials for numerous organizations including Women for Economic Justice, Michael Barlow Center, and Stage 773.  She currently works for an affordable housing developer, where she helps build permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities.

jenna sigman jenna@ourhermosa.org Jenna Sigman is a new HNA board member in 2017.  Mrs. Sigman is a public school teacher, working for six years in Chicago and two years in the suburbs.  She graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of French and English Literature.  Mrs. Sigman also has a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University.  Mrs. Sigman has lived in Chicago since 2006, calling many neighborhoods her home, from Bridgeport to Logan Square to Uptown and now Hermosa.  She and her husband bought their home on Pulaski Rd. in Hermosa in September 2015.  As a board member, Mrs. Sigman hopes to continue the important work of HNA and create more opportunities for community action and service in 2017.

jenna sigman

jenna@ourhermosa.org

Jenna Sigman is a new HNA board member in 2017.  Mrs. Sigman is a public school teacher, working for six years in Chicago and two years in the suburbs.  She graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of French and English Literature.  Mrs. Sigman also has a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University.  Mrs. Sigman has lived in Chicago since 2006, calling many neighborhoods her home, from Bridgeport to Logan Square to Uptown and now Hermosa.  She and her husband bought their home on Pulaski Rd. in Hermosa in September 2015.  As a board member, Mrs. Sigman hopes to continue the important work of HNA and create more opportunities for community action and service in 2017.

 
 

Founders

HNA was founded in October, 2014 in a local Hermosa bar called The Levee Hall when the following board members came together and decided to create an organization to bring structural change to their community. Those board members include:

Colin Bird

Alma Kreuser 

Steven Wozny

Alejandra Fleck

Matilda Montalvo-Lugo

Former Board members

The following board members served on the HNA interim board

Marilynn Lopez

Sean Elliot

Maria Villagomez 

Joelle McCalla

Sadiki McCalla